Fine craftsman first and foremost ....... occasionally, you can hit artistry

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on July 10, 2002 at 11:11:42:

In reply to: After reading posts... update! posted by Veronica on July 10, 2002 at 04:20:45:

Glad you understood what I was trying to say!

I've been lucky enough to have a few great art teachers, and they
showed me that craftsmanship is your trade, your skill, your tool, and
you perfect it through a lifetime. They showed me there is a huge
difference between something aesthically pleasing and art. Though one
hopes to do some real art in a lifetime, it's damn rare, and its
inappropriate to call every piece you knock out art, because that
demeans the few really great works. That would be like calling every
paring knife a samurai sword.

If you have talent, and work very hard, every single day you can
get up and do something aesthetically excellent in your media. After
many years practice, your craft will become second nature, and your
skill level will let you do consistant expert work that is marketable,
and which your clients will be pleased with. Beautiful ornamentation,
well achieved aesthetics is craftsmanship, not art.

When your skills and expertise can support your vision and exploration
of the fundamental qualities and questions of what it is to be a human
being in this universe ........... then you get art. When someone
communicates to me through their medium, something about humanity, and
through it I understand more than I did before I came in contact with
that piece ......... they have created art. Otherwise, it's just
another day of doing something aesthetically pleasing to pay the
bills: fine craftsmanship. Nothing wrong with that ..... beauty and
grace is a wonderful thing, but ornamentation is not art.

I've not yet seen henna that knocked me into another dimension (though
I've seen a couple of hennaes come very close). I've seen some
beautiful work, well crafted, and aesthetically pleasing. I've not
seen henna become art, and I've not done such myself. There are some
people on this forum, whom I believe probably will push henna into the
realm of art, but I haven't seen Guernica happen yet.


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